Though boarding a pet can be an unnerving experience for both human and animal, the credentials of the pros at Bluebonnet Bunk’n Biscuit should put everyone at ease—the team includes certified vet technicians and staff from the San Antonio Zoo. In addition to the peace of mind provided by handlers’ collective curricula vitae, webcams mounted throughout Bluebonnet’s facilities as well as inside individual suites to give pet parents a glimpse of their furry companion’s stay. Clients might find their dogs romping around during open play (where they’re matched up by size and temperament), napping in their 4’x6’ bunks, or eating their own food brought from home. For cats, Raintree cat condos with vertically and horizontally connecting chambers give felines plenty of room to climb and explore. They’re housed separately from dogs, ensuring the cats can relax during their stay and don’t come home meowing with a canine accent.
At Bluebonnet’s sister business, Cathy's Critter Care, team members can also come to clients’ homes for walks, daily medicine administration, or even overnight stays. The insured-and-bonded staffers have gone through full criminal background checks, and bring programmable lockboxes for clients’ keys instead of making copies of their own.
Ara Celi and Robert Godines founded Matador Men's Grooming after gaining years of experience as Rooster's franchisees. They wanted to bring the same quality of service to a venue that felt a little more local, like a classic barber shop. They and their barbers still partner dashing, close-cropped haircuts with shaves, head and face massages, and hot towel wraps. They also offer waxing services particularly focused on grooming the eyebrows, and hair tinting to banish the flecks of grey that show up as people age or slowly become statues.
Dr. Loretta A. Ehrlund felt a strong connection to animals from an early age and decided to become a veterinarian after her beloved childhood dog, Smokey, was diagnosed with epilepsy. This passion for wanting to heal pets stuck with her as she graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and went on to establish Heritage Veterinary Medical Clinic with Dr. Larry T. Ehrlund, her late husband. Another kind of love struck Drs. Travis and Michele Wright. Travis's fascination with riding and showing horses brought him to Texas A&M, where he studied to become an equine veterinarian. Growing up as the daughter of two veterinarians—Drs. Loretta and Larry Ehrlund, in fact—Michele was simply following in her family's footsteps when she decided to study veterinary medicine at the very same school, where she and Travis fell in love and eventually married.
Inside the full-service clinic, the doctors and their staff employ preventative-care treatments, dental procedures, and diagnostics to heal dogs, cats, reptiles, birds, and small mammals such as rabbits and guinea pigs. Onsite x-ray and ultrasound equipment help detect trouble spots deep within critters, and the pharmacy is well stocked with a host of medicines. The facility's overnight boarding kennels provide a safe and healthy space for four-legged creatures to play and sleep.
Realizing that each pet comes with an owner, Heritage's veterinarians and dedicated staffers give their undivided attention to each client to help them determine the best treatment for their pet. Owners are also encouraged to use the clinic's extensive pet library, where they can read up on the latest treatments and theories about why all dogs can howl a perfect A sharp.
When dealing with a timid and fearful dog, Eric Juarez, owner of Paw-riffic Cuts Pet Salon, has a wealth of advice. The first thing a person should do is let the pup take the lead. "Crouch down, extend your hand, but wait [as long as you have to] until the dog approaches you." Armed with a wealth of dog-related knowledge, Eric and his partner strive to provide expert grooming at affordable prices. Eric has years of experience tending to various breeds of dogs, as well as cultivating relationships with their owners. The staff uses biodegradable products when bathing dogs, selecting the correct product depending on coat color and texture. A line of imitation-designer scents keeps pooches smelling fresh, even if they've been sprayed by a skunk or played fetch with a Pacific bluefin tuna.
The experts at Hollywoof Pet Styles renovate canines with a full array of grooming services that leave coats shining and nails neatly trimmed. The dog stylists snip and shave fur, trim and paint pawtips with polish, and thoroughly clean ears to ensure pets can easily understand their owners' bedtime readings of The Hound of the Baskervilles. De-skunking services are also available to erase the aftermath of odoriferous encounters. After grooming, bandanas or bows ready barkers for trips to the dog park or a session with Hollywoof’s photographers. The shutter-clicking professionals snap photos of pooches styled for Hollywood- and fiesta-themed shoots, aiming their lenses to capture the most flattering angles.
The Doggie sPaw's professional groomers pretty up the coats and paws of man's best friends with high-quality products, helping them prance back into the world looking sharp without need for the gowns and tuxes they wear to playdates. Besides standard grooming services, such as baths, haircuts, and nail trimmings, groomers in the boutique pet spa can treat furry friends to more creative forms of expression, including hair coloring, teeth brushing, and toenail painting.